Manufacturing Guide

All parts

Here you'll find everything you need to manufacture PlayDog parts.

Remember you can skip parts of this guide if you prefer to order parts from our Shop.

Section 1: Get Supplies 4 steps

Step 1: Electronic Parts

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Order these online, or from local hardware stores.

Step 2: Pcb Supplies

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Order these online, or from local hardware stores. Don't try to buy the pin strips piece by piece, they come in a pack of 10 pieces that costs less then 2$.

Step 3: Supporting Parts

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  • Lens Head Screw 2 2x3 8X7
  • Lens Head Screw 2 2x1 4X13
  • Lens Head Screw M3 25mmX1
  • 10mm Flat WasherX1

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available in your local hardware store.

Step 4: Tools And Materials For Manufacturing

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  • 3d Printer
  • Soldering Iron
  • Cutter
  • Small Breadboard

Make sure you have all the tools needed to manufacture PlayDog parts.

Section 2: Prepare All Materials 3 steps

Step 1: Prepare Bare Pcb

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You can make the PCB yourself, using the design files available for download. Another option would be to order it from our store. you will need 3 PCBs for two calling bases and one home base.

Step 2: Cut Female Pin Headers

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  • Cutter

Take 3 strips of 40 pins female headers. Cut 2 strips of female headers to 6 pieces of 12 pins. Cut 1 strip of female header to 3 pieces of 4 pins. Don't try to cut between 2 pins, if you want a 12 pin strip, you should cut the 13th pin, so the 12th will remain intact. After cutting, try to clean the edge with the cutter to make it smoother.

Step 3: Cut Male Pin Headers

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  • Cutter

Take 1 strip of 40 pin male headers and cut it to 9 pieces of 3 pins and 1 piece of 2 pins. Unlike the female pin headers, in the male pin headers it's easy to cut in the middle between 2 pins.

Section 3: Soldering The Pcb 7 steps

Step 1: Solder Particle Module Pin Headers X 3

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Warning - Before you start: These instructions assume you know how to use a soldering iron. In case you don't, here is a reference guide that you may find useful.

Place the PCB with the text side up. Insert 2 pieces of 12 pin female headers into one Particle device and place the headers on the PCB. Turn over the PCB with the Particle device, make sure the pins are still in place. Solder the 4 corner pin headers in the beginning to make sure it is fully attached to the surface. Solder all other headers.

When finished, take off the Particle device.

Repeat 3 times for 3 PCBs.

Step 2: Solder Jumper Pin Headers And Connect Jumper

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Take one of the PCBs and a 2 pin male header piece. Locate the pins in the designated place on the PCB - where it says 'jumper'. Solder it. Take Jumper and connect it to the 2 pins.

This PCB will later serve as the Home base PCB.

Step 3: Solder Lm386 Amplifier Mount X 3

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Take one piece of 4 pin female headers and locate it in the designated place on the PCB. Turn over the PCB to make sure all the pins are still in place and it's aligned right. Solder one side of the pin headers in the beginning to make sure it is fully attached to the surface and aligned. Solder all others.

Repeat 3 times for 3 PCBs.

Step 4: Solder Pir Sensor Mount X 3

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  • Soldering Iron
  • Small Breadboard

Take one piece of 3 pin male headers and locate it on the PCB. Pay attention - there are 2 places for 3 pin headers. One is for the PIR and the second is for the servo mount. you should solder it where it says "PIR".

Tip - you can use a breadboard.

Solder one side of the pin headers in the beginning to make sure it is fully attached to the surface and aligned. Solder all the rest.
Repeat 3 times for 3 PCBs.

Step 5: Solder Servo Mount

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  • Small Breadboard

Take the PCB with the Jumper and one piece of 3 pin male headers - locate it on the PCB (next to the PIR sensor mount).

Tip - you can use a breadboard.

Solder one side of the pin headers in the beginning to make sure it is fully attached to the surface and aligned. Solder all the rest.
Repeat 3 times for 3 PCBs.

Step 6: Solder The Dc Plug X 3

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Take the DC Plug and Locate it on the PCB.

Solder one leg in the beginning to make sure it is fully attached to the surface and aligned. Solder all the rest.
Repeat 3 times for 3 PCBs.

Step 7: Congrats You Are Done

That's it, you finished building 3 PCBs. You now have 2 identical PCBs for a calling base and one slightly different (with a jumper) for the home base.

Section 4: Homebase Printing The Food Silo 2 steps

Step 1: Selecting The Right Silo

Before you print the Silo, you need to measure the size of your dog's food and choose Silo with correct exit size.

  • 23mm silo exit fits approx. 10mm wide dog food
  • 28mm silo exit fits approx. 13mm wide dog food
  • 33mm silo exit fits approx. 17mm wide dog food

Step 2: Printing The Silo

This part holds & dispenses the food. Make sure you use a filament which is non-toxic and suitable for food storage. Print the silo that fits your dog's food, no support is needed. * A tall silo fits larger amount of food (about 220 grams) * A regular silo fits medium amount of food (about 150 grams)
resolution: 0.2 (z), infill: 25% note: Clean the part after printing, and remove any loose strings or flashes of plastics.

Section 5: Homebase Printing Bearing Plug And Shell 3 steps

Step 1: Shell

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This part holds all the electronics necessary for the home base. Print home_base_shell.stl, you can add support at the square window. Other than that, no support is needed. resolution: 0.2 (z) infill: 25%

Step 2: Plain Bearing

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This is one of the parts connecting the shell to the food silo. Print bearing.stl, support and raft are needed. Make sure to print the bearing with the cylinder facing upward - like illustrated in the image. resolution: 0.2 (z) infill: 30%

Step 3: Bearing Plug

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This is one of the parts connecting the shell to the food silo - it's rotation will turn the food silo. Print bearing_plug.stl, no support or raft are needed. after the part is printed, you can remove the two rings at the bottom. resolution: 0.2 (z) infill: 25%

Section 6: Printing Base Parts 1 step

Step 1: Print The Shells

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  • 3d Printer

Download and extract the file. Print, base_shell.stl no support is needed. resolution: 0.2 (z) infill: 25%

Woo-Hoo! This part is done :)

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